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Loose Parts Nature Play

Sep 30, 2022

Why Get Outside with Tweens and Teens

  • Less screen time
  • Physically active
  • Mental health
  • Decreased stress
  • Experience awe and wonder
  • Healing power of nature
  • Skill building
  • Career exploration

Challenges and Opportunities

  • More reliance on technology
  • Seeking more independence
  • Often more influenced by peers
  • Developing identity
  • Expanding independence

Tips for Getting Outside

  • Increase adventure
  • Bring along friends
  • Let them plan
  • Involve food!
  • Family traditions
  • Follow their interests
  • Connect with groups
  • Include technology
  • Find ways to serve!
  • Consider safety


Indiana Master Naturalists


The STEM Connection


Citizen Scientist Projects for Teens



Indiana Children and Nature Network—Tweens and Teens 3 webinars available!

Part 1--The STEM Connection and Indiana Master Naturalists
Part 2--Joe Pounds and Authentic Engagement
Part 3--Tips and Resources with Dr. Carla Gull from ICAN


Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms:

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